2011: The year when a lot happened
The resignation of Hosni Mubarak, the Egyptian president, led the news. His departure came after weeks of protest in Cairo and other cities across the country.
A 6.3-magnitude earthquake hit Christchurch, New Zealand. Speaking while the death toll was still rising, Prime Minister John Key said: "We may be witnessing New Zealand's darkest day."
As a tsunami hit Japan, worldwide interest in the story made this the second busiest day for traffic to the BBC News website in 2011. There were more than 14.4m unique web browsers*.
Chancellor George Osborne revised down the UK's forecasts for growth in his annual Budget statement. The 50% tax rate for the highest earners remained but fuel duty cuts were announced.
Prince William and Kate Middleton were married in London's Westminster Abbey, with the eyes of the world upon them. The day of celebrations saw just under 9.5m web browsers* access the BBC News website.
Osama Bin Laden's death at the hands of US forces was announced by President Barack Obama. Bin Laden is believed to have ordered the attacks on New York and Washington on 11 September 2001. It was the third busiest day on the BBC News website in 2011, with 11.7m browsers*.
The singer Amy Winehouse was found dead at her north London home, aged 27. Later in the year, a coroner reported that the singer had died as a result of drinking too much alcohol.
Rioting unexpectedly broke out in Tottenham, north London, on 6 August, before the violence spread to other cities, including Birmingham, Manchester, Liverpool and Bristol over the next few days. The shocking scenes helped make 9 August the largest day for traffic in the history of the BBC News website, with just under 15.9m browsers*.
The Libyan ruler Colonel Gaddafi was killed, as his hometown of Sirte was overrun by the forces of the National Transitional Council. Initially it was unclear if he had been killed or just captured, but slowly gruesome mobile phone pictures emerged which showed beyond doubt that Gaddafi was dead.
The British embassy in Tehran was attacked by demonstrators opposed to sanctions imposed by the UK. Militant students burned the British flag and smashed windows in anger at the British response to Iran's nuclear programme.